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Times Columnist Carr Talks About Future Of Newspapers

carr.pngAfter writing about future of his own paper in his column yesterday, New York Times media columnist David Carr appeared on “BBC World News America” on BBC America last night to talk about the fate of daily newspapers.

Carr told “BBC World News America” anchor Matt Frei, that he is more excited than ever to work at the Gray Lady since the current climate of shutting down newsrooms “has made the kind of information that we make and manufacture every single day, indeed by the hour, all the more important.”

In the interview, as in his column, Carr acknowledged that the Times has to come up with some new ways to generate revenue. Despite the fact that its Web site has 20 million readers and, according to Carr, “3 million people that stop by all the time throughout the day.”

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BBC World News: LA’s a Piece of the Puzzle

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BBC World News wants to expand into more US markets, and thus, invited a mob of bloggers/journalists to hear why at lunch. Washington correspondent Matt Frei and bureau chief Andrew Steele were on hand to explain why BBC’s international news is so renowned, and it was a little like having the Mac and the PC guy team up. Steele’s all about the depth of coverage, Frei’s the cheeky questions fella. They’re both great talkers, with well-stamped passports and anecdotes to match. So convivial, we nearly forgot that we were working.

BBC World News would launch a 24-hour cable news channel, complete with a morning show, an US-based evening program, produced by Rome Hartman, (late of the Katie Couric debacle) in DC, and long-form docs on the weekends.

Wannabe watchers can go to DemandBBC.com and click away, which beats trying to get the cable company on the phone. The LA Times got a hope squishing quote from Maureen Huff, a Time Warner Cable rep, “We’re always interested in hearing from our customers, but these expensive programmer-run campaigns are generally not that effective.” Which is why FBLA eschews the cable route.

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